TikTok’s Latest Viral Beauty Hack: Creating a Smoky Eye With Lip Liner – See Videos

As far as TikTok is concerned, if there is an alternative way to do something, by all means, make a video of it. One of TikTok’s newest beauty techniques comes from Australia-based makeup artist Sabrina Walsh, which involves replacing your eye shadow with a lip liner.

Walsh demonstrated this technique in a video she posted on December 14 in response to a request by TikTok user @agrayle to show how this eye shadow technique can be achieved on someone with light or medium skin and “deep brown eyes.” She begins by scribbling Morphe’s Lip Color in Vibes across her upper and lower eyelids and blending in with a brush, then completes the look with a layer of Fenty Beauty’s Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer in I$land Ting. Walsh also explained how dark-skinned people can handle this technique, which you can watch in this video here.

Says temptation That technique was the result of some trial and error. “I tried lipstick as eyeshadow bases first and soon realized that it’s hard to set, because it’s so greasy, it won’t stand the full wear test,” she explains. Walsh knew that eyeliner would make a good base for eyeshadow, but found it “too dark” to give a “lighter, more natural makeup look,” which led her to decide to try lip liner instead.

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Victoria Jameson, a makeup artist in Dallas, tried an eyeshadow base for lip liner after watching Walsh’s pop-up video on her For You page. Although Jameson admits substituting eye shadows with a lip liner “works in a pinch,” she finds that using cream eye shadows “will give a similar result with longer wear.” New York City makeup artist Casey Adam Speckard agrees that reaching for a cream-based product instead will help create a look similar to Walsh’s, but recommends trying a “creamy eye pencil with a warm undertone” like Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeliner in Pillow Talk.

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Ultimately, Spickard cautions against trying this makeup hack because “there are very strict guidelines set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about what is cosmetically safe for the eye.” Cosmetic chemist Ginger King echoes these sentiments and advises against using lip products around your eyes. “Pigments are not interchangeable,” she explains. “One can have an allergic reaction such as swollen eyelids.” Furthermore, she says that if the lip liner has already touched the lips and they have not been disinfected, “it is also likely to be contaminated.”

Ashley Brisset, MD, an ophthalmologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, stresses that there is a risk of infection if one chooses to use lip liner around their eyes. “The mouth contains a lot of harmful bacteria that can cause an eye infection that permanently destroys vision,” Brissett says. She recommends using eyeliner only around the eyes, but if you’re inclined to try Walsh’s hack, she advises a “cleansing[ing] The pencil is cleaned with alcohol and then sharpened to make a new tip that has not been used around the mouth.”

As with eyeliner, you should also be careful “not to pull the eyelids too tight when applying the product, because the eyelid skin is very thin and sensitive,” Brissett adds.

Whether you decide to try Walsh’s hack or reach for a warm-toned cream eyeshadow or pencil, either way, you’ll end up with a lasting eye makeup look that’s perfect for everyday wear.

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